Tricolore couscous salad

Tricolore couscous salad

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Prep: 15 mins No cook


Serves 4
A quick and easy salad that teams well with chicken, lamb and tofu. Of have it as a barbecue extra

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal456
  • fat32g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre3g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.6g
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  • 200g couscous



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • 2 tsp vegetable stock (or use a cube)
  • 250g pack cherry tomato, halved
  • 2 avocado, peeled, stoned and chopped



    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

  • 150g pack mozzarella, drained and chopped
  • handful rocket or young spinach leaves



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…

For the dressing

  • 1 rounded tbsp pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

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  1. Mix the couscous and stock in a bowl, pour over 300ml boiling water, then cover with a plate and leave for 5 mins.

  2. For the dressing, mix the pesto with the lemon juice and some seasoning, then gradually mix in the oil. Pour over the couscous and mix with a fork.

  3. Mix the tomatoes, avocado and mozzarella into the couscous, then lightly stir in the rocket or spinach to serve.

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Comments (34)

suzyjenner's picture

This was delicious and I certainly didn't find it bland. I added lots of fresh ground pepper and also wilted the spinach slightly. Served it with some slices of pastrami. Lovely!

Summer cook's picture

Delicious! I made this for my Italian boyfriend who at first wasn't keen on the idea of adding couscous to a traditional tricolore salad (He hates messing with his country's food), however, he absolutely loved it! I might try adding a few olives next time, as I feel they could work quite well with it.

eliska's picture

Very nice, full of flavour. Definitely will make again!

applepie_tasty's picture

Loved this! added bacon lardons for a more salty flavour.

wikkiwoodles's picture

It's nice to have with other things but all by itself i found it a bit bland. Even when putting extra lemon, salt and pepper over it.

pbinns's picture

Everyone asked for the recipe....yummy!

katsuya's picture

Good, will make again and experiment with adding a few more ingredients to get a bit more flavour.

foxx75's picture

needed buffet ideas for a friends wedding and this seemed a good choice for the veggies! Colourful, easy as pie to make and relatively healthy (minus as much oil as possible). I wouldn't say it was bland as some previous people have said...just ...mild really.Easily altered with Feta instead of mozzarella and sundried toms to give it a bit of a flavour boost!

markswaine's picture

I make this several times a week for lunch with one variation or the other. It works fantastically well with any salad veg. I particuarly enjoy red onion, peppers and cherry tomatoes to keep prices down (and when avocados are out of season). Would recommend thoroughly.

b1gf00t's picture

the salad is fine except that the combination of avocado and couscous do not go together.
and as Dav said "Not much beyond sum of its ingredients really"
Keep on a good work

aileenhunn's picture

Absolutely delicious!

devaodoherty's picture

I loved this! Served it with grilled salmon and it was fab. Will definitely make again and look forward to experimenting with different cheeses.

christay0102's picture

This has been a hit at all the bbqs I have been to this summer!

cocovanilla's picture

I used the rocket for this one and it was very nice! Lovely to look at as well!

laureana's picture

brilliant! will definatly make this agin! was delicious. used feta cheese though (i find mozerella very bland if not melted) and hate avocado, so used a roasted red pepper instead, and spinach a lovely meal for a lovely warm spring day! YUM!!

mitche11's picture

This was delicious!
I swapped the cheese for artichoke and didn't add oil to the dressing, just added more lemon juice, to cut the fat content down, I also added sundried tomatoes. Surprisingly filling, would definately make this again!

cosmosshow's picture

Amazing! Used quinoa instead of couscous though. Everyone loved it!

events4u's picture

Used baby spinach leaves, Morrisons spicy vegetable cous cous, sun dried tomato pesto - delicious.

retha831's picture

Lovely healthy tasting salad. I used wholegrain couscous.


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